Monday, August 15, 2016

More signatures turned in for casino amendment

Posted By on Mon, Aug 15, 2016 at 2:30 PM

The group hoping to win voter approval for three more casinos in Arkansas turned in additional signatures today for checking by the secretary of state.

Arkansas Wins, an effort that includes Missouri businessmen and a significant cash investment from the Cherokee Tribe of Oklahoma, added 50,000 signatures today, a product of a paid canvassing effort. It had submitted 63,725 verified signatures by the July deadline with 84,859 needed. The first effort was good enough to qualify for additional time under Arkansas law.

The amendment would legalize casinos in Washington, Boone and Miller counties, all to backers of the amendment drive. The Cherokees, who operate casinos in Oklahoma, have a deal to run the casino in Washington County if voters approve the amendment.

Arkansas currently has two casinos—  at the Oaklawn and Southland racetracks. Both are allowed under a gambling exception for operations that offer parimutuel wagering.

Said Arkansas Wins spokesman Robert Coon: "We feel certain that we will qualify for the ballot, and we look forward to communicating to voters how passage of our amendment will create new jobs, increase tourism, and bring tax revenue back to Arkansas."

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